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June 1997

Medical Economics

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Lawrence, Kan

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(6):658. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900060110021

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As a retired otolaryngologist, I still enjoy reading the literature from time to time, especially the Archives, but I am dismayed to read the recent plethora of articles devoted to the cost-effectiveness of medical care, particularly those regarding outpatient tonsillectomy. While this old dinosaur fully understands the purpose of such literature, it makes us doctors seem callous and indifferent to the pain and disability our procedures often produce.

I was taught as a medical student that the physician cures seldom, helps often, but comforts always.

Submission by my profession to the current trend in medical economics makes me sad. We may still be doctors, but I fear we are no longer physicians.

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